John Hartson reacts to Tottenham star Vertonghen's 'fluke' goal

Jan Vertonghen of Belgium in action during a Belgium training at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Tottenham ace Jan Vertonghen scored for Belgium in their comeback win.

Jan Vertonghen of Belgium scores his sides opening goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don,...

Jan Vertonghen sparked Belgium's second half comeback against Japan in the World Cup last 16.

With Belgium two goals down, Vertonghen netted a looping header from an acute angle to get his side back into the game.

Jan Vertonghen of Belgium celebrates after scoring his team's first goaduring the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in...

Did he mean it? It was a memorable World Cup goal, and one pundit was quick to deride it as a fluke.

Former Arsenal and West Ham striker John Hartson said that he felt Vertonghen was trying to cross the ball with his header.

 

Vertonghen's goal lifted Belgium's spirits, and moments later Marouane Fellaini scored a towering heading to equalise.

Former Tottenham winger and current West Brom ace Nacer Chadli scored a winner in stoppage time to seal a 3-2 victory for Belgium after coming off the bench.

Vertonghen rarely scores, it was just his ninth goal in 105 international matches. It could not have come at a better time.

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